Examples if you were single in 2020-21

If you were single in 2020-21, these examples can help you work out what to do so we can balance your payments.

If you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or Child Care Subsidy (CCS) we balance your payments at the end of the financial year. FTB and CCS are family assistance payments.

Not everyone has to do the same thing for us to balance these payments. What you need to do depends on your situation. We’ve put together common examples to help you understand what you need to do.

If you separated during the 2020-21 financial year, your ex-partner’s income may affect your payments. Read more about balancing your FTB and balancing your CCS.

You only got Child Care Subsidy

What you need to do

You need to confirm your income before we can balance your CCS. You can do this by either:

  • lodging a tax return
  • telling us you don’t need to lodge a tax return, and confirming your income.

You need to do this by 30 June 2022. Read more about time limits for confirming your income for CCS.

If you don’t need to lodge a tax return, you can let us know and confirm your income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You need to tell us your income even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge. We can’t balance your CCS until you tell us to.

If you separated from a partner

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we still need your ex-partner’s income. However, we can use an estimate to balance your payments if they don’t lodge a tax return in time. Read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments if you have an ex-partner.

When we'll balance your CCS

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your income and your child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your CCS.

You were getting an income support payment for the whole year

What you need to do

Use this example if, for the whole financial year, both of the following applied to you:

A gap in payment could have happened if your payment cancelled or reduced to zero due to employment income.

If you got FTB, you don’t need to do anything for us to balance your FTB.

If you got CCS, you’ll need to either:

If you don’t need to lodge, you can let us know and confirm your income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

If you got CCS, you need to tell us your income even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge. We can’t balance your CCS until you tell us too.

If you separated from a partner

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we still need your ex-partner’s income. However, we can use an estimate to balance your payments if they don’t lodge a tax return in time. Read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments if you have an ex-partner.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately. When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your income and child care attendance information.

Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

You don’t need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do

You need to confirm your income before we can balance your payments. Do this by telling us you don’t need to lodge a tax return. You can do this from 1 July 2021 using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You need to tell us even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge. We won’t get this information and can’t balance your payments without it.

You only need to tell us once for both FTB and CCS. You don’t need to include FTB or CCS as income.

If you separated from a partner

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we still need your ex-partner’s income. However, we can use an estimate to balance your payments if they don’t lodge a tax return in time. Read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments if you have an ex-partner.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately. When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment and when we confirm your income.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your income and child care attendance information.

Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

You need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do

You need to confirm your income before we can balance your payments. You can do this by lodging a tax return from 1 July 2021.

You can do this online. Read about how to lodge online on the ATO website.

You need to tell us even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge.

If you separated from a partner

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we still need your ex-partner’s income. However, we can use an estimate to balance your payments if they don’t lodge a tax return in time. Read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments if you have an ex-partner.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately. When we balance your FTB depends on when the ATO sends us your income information. This can take up to 28 days from when you get your Notice of Assessment.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your income and child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

You want to claim Family Tax Benefit for 2020-21

What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for FTB and confirm your income. This is so we can check if you were eligible for FTB in 2020-21. You can lodge a lump sum claim by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You need to confirm your income before we can finalise your claim. You have until 30 June 2022 to submit a lump sum claim for FTB and do one of the following:

  • lodge a tax return
  • tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return, and confirm your income when you claim.

If you need to lodge a tax return, you can do this online. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

If you don’t need to lodge, you can let us know and confirm your income online.

You can tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You need to tell us your income even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). We can’t finalise your FTB claim until you tell us too.

If you separated from a partner

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we still need your ex-partner’s income. However, we can use an estimate to assess your claim if they don’t lodge a tax return in time. Read about how we balance your FTB payments if you have an ex-partner.

When we balance your FTB we’ll check if you’re eligible for any supplements. This includes:

You can’t claim CCS as a lump sum.

Page last updated: 6 July 2021